freezerRoom gear up for Hazel Wood launch with new album
Aug30

freezerRoom gear up for Hazel Wood launch with new album

After months of speculation and teaser releases Cork collaborators freezerRoom are due to release their full length album Fire on the Ocean September 1 with a live launch September 2 at midnight in the Hazel Wood Stage at Electric Picnic accompanied onstage by no less than 20 musicians. The core of freezerRoom is production duo Graham White and Rory Dempsey. The pair has been making music together for over 15 years since they first met in acclaimed Irish downbeat act The Shades. On Fire on the Ocean they continue their brand of alternative rock with electronic and orchestral elements and are joined on the album by many luminaries from the Irish music scene and beyond. Always keen to collaborate, White and Dempsey have teamed up with some of their favourite singers to craft a collection of breathtaking songs. Fire on the Ocean features an array of guest vocalists writing songs such as Joe O’Leary (Fred), Fish Go Deep hitmaker Tracey K, Jack O’Rourke, Ray Scannell, Berlin’s Clara Hill and Wallis Bird on backing vocal duties. As on previous releases Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode) recorded drums in Austria with Graham, Tracey K and Clara Hill writing and adding vocals in Berlin and Rory roped in the string talents of some of his Heritage Orchestra friends in London to create a broader palette. With freezerRoom as the foundation it allows Fire on the Ocean to absorb the essence of its contributing vocalists. Ranging from the funky rhythm on “I’m not Waiting” featuring Joe O’Leary, to the spectral with Ray Scannall’s “On The Surface” with its inference of The Shades’ single ‘Cider Horizon’ and the experimental baroque electronica of “Friends That Bite” featuring Jack O’Rourke. freezerRoom have provided the perfect songwriters haven allowing collaborators freedom to make their mark while the production duo of White and Dempsey add depth and edge by drawing out strengths and qualities from both sides that stretch and lengthen the creative scope. Catch freezerRoom live at The Hazel Wood Stage, Saturday September...

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Social commentary from The Clockworks
Jul19

Social commentary from The Clockworks

Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Streets, Artic Monkeys and The Libertines Galway Indie-Punk band The Clockworks make writing social commentary attached to a catchy hook look easy. The groups latest single “The World Owes Me A Favour” is some of their strongest writing to date and they are backing it up with Irish and UK dates. Wedged full with precise comments and razor sharp observations The Clockworks take the Irish political system to task. And they do so while referencing some of the great Indie-Punk social commentators of recent times creating a sound that is International but is playing out in each of our living rooms. Rusangano Family did it from Limerick and now The Clockworks are embracing the values of punk to decry the current state of affairs in Ireland from outside the capital. Heralding a situation where meaningful commentary is being created in the vacuum left by Dublin demanding to be heard. Catch The Clockworks when they play: Aug 26 – 96/1 Festival, Cork Sept 21 – Roisin Dubh, Galway Watch the video for “Te World Owes Me A Favour”...

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10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival
Jul17

10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival

Townlands Carnival returns for a third year to Rusheen Farm this weekend, July 21-23, with headliners Jeru the Damaga, Brushy 1 String, King Kong Company set to take the stage over the three day event. Here at Musician.ie we compiled 10 things to see at this years Townlands Carnival 1. King Kong Company are bringing the Buckie to Rusheen Farm with a show full of noise and rumble. After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards). 2. Limerick comedy/hip hop duo The Rubber Bandits a satirical stage and television act, have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and the US with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival. 3. Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall. 4. Slamboree is a live band with a Smörgåsbord of circus performers, daredevils and entertainers fusing bass-driven beats with live orchestra, guitars, percussion, loops, visuals, brass, accordian, pyrotechnics and circus. 5. The Cirque Du Freakout Big Top will be parking up at Townlands Carnival 2017. Bringing with it the great LIZAÏA who will present to you its most enchanting dances, acrobats, musicians, dishevelled and introduce to you Rosa the great fortune-teller. Let yourself be bewildered by our most crazy magicians, dissimulating in their sleeves their diabolical tricks. The festival will be in full swing with new attractions. Try your luck, test your strength and abilities in the funfair. The merry electronic fanfare will play through the day, its most beautiful tunes, accompanied by dirty bass, for demanding music lovers. Don’t be afraid! Let yourself be surprised, and fall into the universe of Le Cirque Du Freakout. 6. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, a genuinely unique and courageous underground artist fights to rise up from obscurity into the pages of history This is Andrew Chin—a.k.a. Brushy One String—the son of the late great Freddie McKay, one of Jamaica’s most renowned artists. Brushy has reached the hearts of many through the power of original song,With a soulful voice and infectious guitar melodies, Brushy “soothes souls and rough hearts” as he continues to perform from Jamaica to a worldwide on his one string guitar. 7. Theatrical walkabouts roam the Townlands breathing new life into...

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Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”
Jun23

Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”

Currently, Tanjier are holed up somewhere in the West of Ireland recording their 2nd EP, due out in September and many of our regular readers will remember their debut EP “Sunrise” was one of our favourites from 2016. “Yu” is the debut single from this new EP and is set for release June 24 with a show in Whelan’s, DUblin. After finding each other in Tanjier, Morocco in 2015 the band have been creating dark broody electro pop since. “Yu” sees a slight change in lineup and with it their sound is more heightened, stripped back, and raw. Tanjier have always looked beyond the shores of Ireland, their sound definitively international and it is no more apparant than with “Yu” where influences like London Grammer, 1975 and Jack Garrett are evident. I would include James Vincent McMorrow and his American influences in that list as there are RnB elements to “Yu” as well. Maybe their music lends to it but Tanjier in their writing focus on mental health allowing the listener to wallow in their own preoccupations while simultaneously reaching down and pulling you up and offering you hope. Tanjier have grown up and are showing their stripes with “Yu” and I can’t wait to hear the rest of what they have to offer. Check out Tanjier when they play: 24 Jun Whelan’s,Dublin, Ireland 15 Jul JJ Harlow’s,Roscommon, Ireland 21 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 22 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 23 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 29 Jul The Hole in the Wall,Kilkenny 05 Aug Arcadian Field Festival, Dundalk 06 Aug Cottage Festival 2017,Cavan 11 Aug Secret village...

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Video of the week: Ailbhe Reddy’s “Fingertips”
Jun09

Video of the week: Ailbhe Reddy’s “Fingertips”

Ailbhe Reddy has come out fighting with her latest release Attach To Memory and the EP demonstrates the positive affect touring has had on the Irish singer/songwriter with up-tempo led tracks and strong but simple accompaniment. ‘Fingertips’ is the lead track from the EP and the track and it’s accompanying video are true to Reddy’s vision. Never one to shy away from a topic that is affecting on ‘Fingertips’ Reddy explores female sexuality with a frankness and honesty we have come to expect from her. The video is a graphic visual representation of what it feels like to fall for someone. First, it’s a lightening touch before being overwhelmed in emotion, and paint. Ailbhe Reddy is an artist with a clear vision of who she is and what she’s about. No apologies given take her as she is which is a glorious representation of Irish women in 2017. And she has just been added to the Glastonbury lineup along with a full festival lineup over the summer, a sign of things to come. Check out ‘Fingertips’...

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